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Tea 4 Health

Drinking tea every day can help maintain your health

Tea4health is dedicated to bringing you the facts about how tea, the world’s favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. Tea4Health logo - from the UK Tea Council websiteTea4Health logo - from UK Tea Council websiteIf you need questions answering about tea and looking after your health, or if you want to know why drinking at least 4 cups of tea a day is a good way for you to help maintain your health, then look no further – this site provides a wealth of information that can help you.

For the science behind the facts, health professionals can access peer-reviewed evidence in a bespoke section of the site. The latest research from around the world is presented and you can also register for the ‘updates’ service so you’ll see the most recent research, first. The site provides a number of Monographs to help you with the background that can be downloaded in PDF format, including an information leaflet that also gives an overview on why tea can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

The Healthy Option

The cuppa has long been the nation's Number One pick-me-up of choice - you just have to think how many cups you or your friends and colleagues drink each day. We often reach for a cuppa when our spirits need reviving; but is there any truth in the fact that people say tea is good for you?

Getting to the heart of the matter

Long stressful days at work, lack of exercise, too much convenience food that is high in fat and sugar but low in fibre, can all take its toll. A well-earned tea break is often the way to catch your breath, but it can also help maintain heart health as part of your healthy diet and lifestyle that includes plenty of exercise.

Studies from around the world are finding that the some of the ingredients in tea may help towards maintaining a healthy heart. A national study of 1,764 women in Saudi Arabia showed that tea drinkers were 19% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than non-tea drinkers. In Holland, 806 men who consumed the greatest amount of catechins (a type of flavonoid) were 51% less likely to die of heart disease during the 10-year study period, compared with men who consumed the lowest amount.

Further studies are looking into how tea could help your heart. The results from trials so far show that flavonoids may prevent the oxidation of the so-called bad cholesterol in the blood that leads to the build up of plaque in artery walls, as well as helping to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Still more research is becoming available every day which continues to point to tea being a good option for consumers who want tea as part of their healthy lifestyle.

For more facts on tea and cardiovascular health go to our tea fact sheets.

How a cuppa can keep you kissing pretty

When you're puckering up for that kiss it's nice to know you've got a perfect set of pearlies and drinking tea can help contribute towards your teeth and a clean bill of health.

Tea is a great natural source of fluoride, which is added to water and toothpaste because it can actually strengthen tooth enamel. Tea can also help to cut down the build up of plaque on your pearly whites and apart from the fluoride in water, the tea plant is in itself a rich source of fluoride since it actually absorbs the compound from the soil via its roots.

Both black and green teas contain fluoride and they appear to help control bacterial growth that can result in dental plaque.

Want to find out more about tea and teeth? Then click through to our tea fact sheets.

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